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  • “If you're a student the Meadow Bar is one of the bars you have to visit as a student!” in 5 reviews

  • “The only advantage the Meadow Bar has is that there is a function room upstairs, showing free comedy during the festival.” in 3 reviews

  • “The Meadow Bar is conveniently (or inconveniently) located just a wee bit too close to Edinburgh University's George Square campus.” in 2 reviews

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  • 4.0 star rating
    15/1/2014

    This place does not have its own character, but it attracts characters, so that's something. They offer the upstairs room for local gatherings - for free- so I first met The Meadow at a Zine launch. They get stars for culture. Friends often eat here, but there is nothing healthy, so I munch nuts or something I have on me. My fellow students will go after class, so I'm here quite often. Man, I should start checking in!

  • 3.0 star rating
    2/2/2013
    1 check-in here

    This is a solid bar.

    They have a good selection of beers and other stuff. The area downstairs can get a touch crowded but all in all is actualyl pretty comfortable and nice place to while away some time.

    Would recommend not sitting near the door in winter as it gets a touch breezy.

    It has started doing food. I had nachos. They were positive. I shall go back.

  • 4.0 star rating
    16/10/2011
    6 check-ins here

    A nice wee bar that seems to have found a niche with university life. The bar clearly caters for Edinburgh Uni students, but it doesn't have the sawdust vibe that a lot of student hang-outs have.

    There's a lovely cosy downstairs area, although there is not a lot of space - maybe six or seven tables in total. However, the bar has a very pleasant atmosphere and I always like to come here. Upstairs there is much more space, but whenever I'm there a uni society always has it booked out!  

    Food is good - not too expensive. Last visit I enjoyed a bowl of cullen skink for £4, and time before that a brie and something-or-other panini with chips that came in at a fiver. Good, filling pub grub with a decent price-tag attached.

    This place serves the best house merlot wine I've ever had. It's absolutely lovely! Well worth a visit for that alone. There's also Hoegaarten (is that how you spell it?!) on tap as well as a reasonable selection of lagers.

    What's stopping star number 5? The ladies' loos aren't brilliant - sort them out and The Meadows Bar is a five star effort no problem.

  • 5.0 star rating
    9/11/2011

    The food.
    The staff.
    The drinks.
    The couches.
    The atmosphere.

    5 stars!

    Seriously, I have spent many-a-hour here sipping on coffee or beer, gobbling down delicious food (Jalepeno or blue cheese veggie burger anyone!?) chatting it up.

    I have also spent many-a-hour here working on my computer. Yes, I would sit in this cozy bar and do work! And not only is the staff super nice, the couches are super nice on my butt too. Wait, did I just say that?

    Anyways, the menu seems to change all the time which is great and it's gourmet for students :) Gourmet without the gourmet prices. The best kind!

    Although it's near the Uni and geared towards students, I've never felt that "cheap" vibe from it. I mean how could you when their kitchen is upstairs so their dumbwaiter moves the food between the floors. Yes!

    Also, maybe this is a thing here and I didn't know it but they totally have a cellar below the floor where they keep their extra liquor etc. Yes again! Now if only I could get one of those in my flat, I would be a happy lady!

    I've been here nearly every day of the week, but it does seem to pick up around in the late evening and since there aren't too many seats downstairs it does get a bit crowded.

    They also have an upstairs available with its own bar that they rent out for parties and such.

  • 4.0 star rating
    30/6/2010

    As a student staying in Newington it was only going to be a matter of time before I finally had my first pint at the Meadow Bar.  It is too close to those students in George Square campus not to try.

    The Meadow bar is quite small inside, with tables and chairs, the bar in the corner and it even has some quiz machines. When I have been in there has always been seats free, but I would imagine that when it is busy, seats come at a premium rate!  Upstairs there is a function room for student societies. The bar has your normal selection of typical student beverages, however some are not always at your typical student prices.  Also, if you're slightly peckish the Meadow Bar does offer some small meals including Paninis and sandwiches.

    With the menu, the Meadow Bar is a great place for students wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of the main library and enjoy some food while looking over your notes. If you're a student the Meadow Bar is one of the bars you have to visit as a student!

  • 4.0 star rating
    16/4/2010
    First to Review

    The Meadow Bar is the official 'unofficial' bar of Sciennes, the first year student accomodation I lived in, which is just up the road from here.

    With that in mind, it is easy to see why this place always has people in it, and why the atmosphere is always such a welcoming and relaxed one. The great thing about the Meadows Bar is that you are just as likely to find a student sitting reading course books over a coffee as a bunch of students drinking pints and kicking back.

    The Meadows Bar itself is a charming squishy seated / wooden tables modern affair, with a huge bar in the corner and a dining room upstairs which is vailable for functions. The menu is short but sweet - basically burgers, paninis, sandwiches and soup as well as side ordery things. There is a large range of drinks at the bar, but some of these can be quite expensive - but to make up for this there always seems to be a new weekly deal on to balance costs out.

    The Meadows Bar is a great place for all your social needs - some where to start off (and maybe even end) your night, or somewhere to sit for a bite to eat and a chill.

  • 4.0 star rating
    30/6/2010

    The Meadow Bar is conveniently (or inconveniently) located just a wee bit too close to Edinburgh University's George Square campus. Conveniently because if you're done with your day and you fancy getting a reasonably priced pint, then voila! You're sorted. Inconveniently because if you're a bit of a slacker like me and you're having a tough day, you think, "you know what, I'm gonna go get a pint right before my Epistemology seminar and I'm so close to campus, I'll have plenty of time to get back for it." Wrong. You just won't leave.

    The Meadow Bar is my place for post-exam, post-hand-ins drinking. You see, they'll run a tab for you, which can also either be convenient or just plain dangerous. And they have veggie burgers! With awesome toppings like salsa and blue cheese! Or mozzarella and pesto.

    What I like about it the most, though, is that it has this room upstairs where events take place. I mean, one evening I was going upstairs to use the loo and I stumbled upon a Chess-Themed Poetry Night. If there were italics, I'd be using them right now. The Philosophy Society also made the Meadow Bar their haunt. And there were always loads of people playing either Dungeons & Dragons or some other fantastical board game (that I've never understood) in that upstairs room too.

    So yeah, pretty standard pub. They have a couple of computers with internet, pretty decent pub food (actually, the veggie burgers are kinda delicious), screens to watch whichever sport your heart desires on (or the Tories getting bashed by Labour) and a room full of surprises. Oh! And a student discount to boot. C'mon, you know you wanna...

  • 3.0 star rating
    2/7/2010

    The Meadow Bar is one of those quiet bars where people go for a chat; it is only ever going to fit in at the start of a pub crawl.  As a place to have a chat, however, it is first class.  It's full enough to not leave you feeling lonely and forever buying drinks to keep the landlord happy, but quiet enough for you to be able to hear yourself.  This makes it ideal for those going out to enjoy a drink or two who don't particularly want to frequent the noisier bars that serve as a filling station.

    Upstairs is a decent amount of space that is commonly available for hire for any specific events you may want to hold.  Should you be looking for such a place - this might be ideal for you.

  • 5.0 star rating
    3/7/2010

    I went to a party in here last year in the function room upstairs. Very nice night and the staff let us stay an extra 2 hours past closing time!

    If you need a function room, go here!

  • 4.0 star rating
    7/7/2010

    The first time I came to The Meadow Bar was a the beginning of a pub crawl in my first year.  It's a comfortable pub with quick service, plenty of comfrotable seating and a chilled out atmosphere.  Importantly, the drinks are very reasonably priced in order to lure the students away from their classes in the nearby George Square.  We all had a few drinks in here, got slightly rowdy which was taken well by the staff and then headed off.
    Since then I've been here for lunch a few times and I can certainly recommend their ham and cheese paninis which are big, crispy and full.  Whether you're after a drink in the evening or a tasty bite for lunch, The Meadow Bar is the place.

  • 3.0 star rating
    7/8/2010

    The Meadow Bar is a really small place just a few minutes walk from the Edinburgh Uni campus. And I mean small.It must only be about 5 square metres, and feels pretty cramped as soon as there are more than a few people inside. It is great when it is quiet in the afternoon for a couple of pints and a chat, but gets a bit too busy in the evening to be comfortable. The pints are normal, and quite cheap compared to other places in Edinburgh.

    The only advantage the Meadow Bar has is that there is a function room upstairs, showing free comedy during the festival. These shows are normally really good and seeing as they are free, even if they are not, you've only wasted a bit of time. This room can also be rented out during other parts of the year for private parties.

  • 3.0 star rating
    20/1/2013 Updated review
    7 check-ins here

    The place changed hands recently. Same setting, same music, but it kinda lost the personal touch it used to have. I guess I'll find a new regular now... :/

    5.0 star rating
    2/4/2012 Previous review
    I always call the Meadow Bar "my other local", mostly because I live on the other side of the… Read more
    • Qype User spank…
    • Edinburgh
    • 5 friends
    • 54 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    11/1/2009

    Ended up here on a wild, windy, cold January night and it was such a cosy fairylit place that I was immediately suffused with love for it. They stock Kronenburg Blanc, my pint of the moment and a pretty decent range of other draft and bottled beers. The girl behind the bar was lovely. The group sat behind me as I ordered were slagging the new Norwich Union ad campaign. Plasma screens on the walls but not too intrusively. This is a great local. Beats the rather snooty and continually redecorated bar along the Buccleuch Street which currently goes by the name of '56 degrees north' I think.

    So much as it looks inauspicious from the outside, don't be fooled. This is the kind of place you'd love to have as a local.

    • Qype User eit…
    • Edinburgh
    • 3 friends
    • 25 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    10/8/2010

    The Meadows Bar (or Moo Bar to a lot of students) is a reliable, small pub off the north-east corner of the Meadows park (Buccleuch St.). It's also a stones-throw from University of Edinburgh main George Sq Campus and leans toward a more student clientèle. Though cramped, the pub is friendly and inviting with just enough character of it's own to stick in the memory.

    The free function room on the first floor is handy for parties of up to 80 people, with a separate bar. I've organised a couple of friends birthdays here and they've gone down really well.

    • Qype User mrtomj…
    • Edinburgh
    • 7 friends
    • 187 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    2/5/2010

    I first came to this pub during the festival to check out some stand-up comedy and was very impressed.

    Later I found out that they do stand-up here all year round, and also that they put on amazing Reggae nights here as well!

    I really do advise attending the Reggae Appreciation Society.

    • Qype User Cat_…
    • Cork, Republic of Ireland
    • 20 friends
    • 63 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    29/4/2008

    Back in the days before we all lived in cities, there were local pubs in local towns where  as they said in Cheers  everybody knew your name. If you miss that small-town feeling of community, just pop along to the Meadows Bar a few nights each week, and it won't be long before you understand why the old days were the best! With incredibly friendly staff, as well as an excellent range of food, this is the ideal place for a Sunday pub lunch, or some food and a quiet drink of a weeknight. It's also got a small function room upstairs which can be hired out, if you feel like making a bit more of an occasion of your weekend  once you've become a regular of the Meadows Bar, you'll never want to leave it!

    • Qype User chryse…
    • Edinburgh
    • 21 friends
    • 39 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    23/4/2008

    The Meadows Bar is aptly named, being the ideal distance from the meadows for a quite one after a vigorous game of hard-core frisbee. Heavily sports orientated, the TV screens are all around you, and a beer and a chat here generally means a beer and an 'even my aunt could see he took a dive!'. With a decent selection of good beers and ales on tap, a nice mix of tables, bar stools and lounges, this is a simple and relaxing pub tucked away on a reasonably quite street. A small and simple review for a small and simple pub.

  • 5.0 star rating
    11/9/2010

    Just an incredible place. Wooeee!

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